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Published September 02, 2013, 03:53 PM

Dozens rally to call attention to improving maternity care

On Labor Day, some Grand Forks residents used the day to raise awareness for a different type of labor. Dozens gathered to rally on South Washington Monday to call attention to improving maternity care.

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ

On Labor Day, some Grand Forks residents used the day to raise awareness for a different type of labor. Dozens gathered to rally on South Washington Monday to call attention to improving maternity care.

The Rally to Improve Birth was just one of more than 160 nationwide.

The group held signs and talked with passer-by about birth practices that have been proven best for mothers and babies. Members say their focus isn't about natural birth versus medicated birth. Instead, they hope to help women make safer, more informed decisions about their maternity care options.

North Dakota's C-section rate of 27.7 percent is higher than the 15 percent suggested by the World Health Organization as a highest recommended rate. Within the state, there was also a rally in Fargo and Bismarck Monday.

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